Vaping and Tobacco

Lesson Plans

Vaping: Know the Truth

  • Grade level: 8
  • Duration: 5-10 minute lessons, total duration 30-40 minutes*
  • Includes 4 self-paced digital lessons, scenarios, offline extension activities
  • Teaches students to: understand health risks associated with using e-cigarettes and recognize the strategies used by e-cigarette manufacturers to appeal to their current and prospective users. The curriculum also demonstrates how to seek out, recommend, and utilize the support services and resources to help you or someone else quit using, and access a text message quit vaping program called This is Quitting if they are a current e-cigarette user looking to quit.
  • Standards: National Health Education Standards
  • Source: Truth Initiative

*Note: Educators must register their school with EVERFI to create an account, and invite students to their “class” using a unique registration code. Students then create their own account, or a teacher can create one for them and track progress using their teacher dashboard. The resource is free to use.)

The Real Cost of Vaping

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes 3 lesson plans and activities, student article, student infographic, family resource, and digital activity
  • Teaches how to analyze informational text, collect and present data, and evaluate marketing messages of the tobacco industry
  • Duration: 1-3 classes
  • Standards: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Common Core State Standards for Math
  • Source: Scholastic & the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

E-Cigarettes: A Dangerous Trend

  • Grade level: 6-8 (adapted lesson for 4th-6th grade reading level)
  • Includes lesson plan with student article, worksheet, critical thinking questions, vocabulary lists, and writing prompts
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Teaches students what e-cigarettes are and they associated health risks
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Education Standards, and National Council for Social Studies
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) & Scholastic

Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-cigarettes

  • Grades 6-8
  • Includes a PowerPoint presentation
  • Duration: 1 class period (45 minutes)
  • Educates youth on e-cigarettes, including health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes
  • Source: CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)

CATCH My Breath: Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Program

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes a series of classroom lessons, peer-led activities, and social and community support designed to increase student’s knowledge of e-cigarettes, nicotine and addiction dangers, while preventing their intended use of the product in the future.
  • Lesson plans educate students about the dangers of e-cigarettes, and awareness of the presence of industry marketing tactics and social pressures to use the products.
  • Duration: 4 lessons that are 35 minutes each
  • Sources: CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health), University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, CVS Health
  • To enroll in the free program and access the curriculum, please visit catchinfo.org/enroll
  • Sample Lesson

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: E-Cigarette and Vape Pen Module

  • Grade level: 7-8
  • Includes educator crash course, PowerPoint with speakers notes, factsheets, and more
  • Teaches the effects of e-cigarettes & vaping on the body, aerosols they produce, and thirdhand smoke
  • Duration: 5+ class periods
  • Standards aligned with: National Health Education Standards, California Health Standards
  • Source(s): Stanford Medicine

E-Cigarettes: Is it Worth it?

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • *All resources also available in Spanish*
  • Includes nurse and educator guide, lesson plan, three activity sheets for students, colorful wall poster, downloadable student toolkit featuring social media to promote learning, parent/guardian letter
  • Teaches facts about the dangers of tobacco product (e.g. e-cigarettes) and targeting marketing
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standard aligned with: National Health Education Standards, National Standards for Science in Personal and social Perspectives, and Common Core State Standards for English, Language Arts, History/Social Sciences, and Science
  • Source(s): Young Minds Inspired

E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plan with student article, worksheet, critical thinking questions, vocabulary lists, and writing prompts
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Teaches about the potential risks of electronic cigarettes; how e-cigarette marketing strategies are designed and how they might influence teens; and, critical thinking
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Education Standards, and National Council for Social Studies
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) & Scholastic

Taking Down Tobacco

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plan, parent/guardian letter, activities, videos, class poster, School Nurse teaching kit, and additional resources
  • Teaches students dangers of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes and the deceptions of tobacco marketing
  • Duration: 1+ class periods
  • Standards aligned with: National Health Education Standards, National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences, and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, History/Social Sciences, and Science
  • Source: Young Minds Inspired

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: Nicotine Addiction

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes educator crash courses, PowerPoint with speakers notes, factsheets, and more
  • Teaches students about the adolescent brain, addiction, and nicotine
  • Duration: 3 class periods
  • Source(s): Stanford Medicine

Tobacco Addiction and Secondhand Smoke

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson with student article and pre- and post-lesson quiz
  • Teaches about the effects of nicotine; the dangers of secondhand smoke; and, the dangers of tobacco addiction
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Additional Resources

Mind Matters: Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes Student Booklet

  • Includes tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarette student booklet
  • Focuses on what tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarette are and their addictive properties
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA: Drug Facts

  •  Includes link for Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes
  • Focuses on what tobacco nicotine, and e-cigarettes are, their addictive properties, and their effects on the brain and body
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Teachers and Parents: That USB Stick Might Be an E-Cigarette (Poster)

  • Includes infographic with overview of e-cigarettes
  • Focuses on summarizing e-cigarettes and their risks
  • Source(s): Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

E-Cigarettes Shaped Like USB Flash Drives: Information for Parents, Educators, and Health Care Providers

  • Includes infographic that gives an overview of E-cigarettes
  • Provides brief description of the effects of e-cigarettes on the developing brain, and Helpful next steps for educators, parents, and health care providers about how to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people
  • Source(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Facts about JUUL E-Cigarettes

  • Includes infographic with overview of juuls (e-cigarettes)
  • Description of health risks related to juuling
  • Source(s): Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

 

Vaping Fact Sheet

  • Includes link to order vaping fact sheets
  • Includes information that can be used throughout the community to inform parents about the dangers of vaping, data on youth e-cigarette use and the role of tobacco industry tactics
  • Source(s): Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse